Italy has competed at all the modern Olympic Games. Italy has taken part in all the Winter Olympic Games, winning 106 medals, and 549 medals at the Summer Olympic Games. Italy has won a total of 235 gold medals which makes them the 5th most successful country in Olympic history, after the USA, the Soviet Union, Germany and Great Britain. Italy has the sixth highest medal total of all time with 628, following the previously mentioned nations and France. The Italian National Olympic Committee was created in 1908 and recognized in 1913. The Italian Olympic Team has also competed in the Mediterranean Games where they have won a total of 1,786 medals, the most in the games' history. As of 2012 they are the most successful nation at fencing in Olympic history.
A Little History
Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal climate; due to its shape, it is often referred to in Italy as lo Stivale (the Boot). With 61 million inhabitants, it is the 4th most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City.
Since classical times, ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, Etruscans and Celts have inhabited the south, centre and north of the Italian Peninsula respectively, with various Italic peoples dispersed throughout Italy alongside other ancient Italian tribes and Greek, Carthaginian, and Phoenician colonies. The Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom, which eventually spread throughout Italy, assimilating and conquering other nearby civilizations and forming the Roman Republic. Rome ultimately emerged as the dominant power, conquering much of the ancient world and becoming the leading cultural, political, and religious centre of Western civilisation. The legacy of the Roman Empire is widespread and can be observed in the global distribution of civilian law, republican governments, Christianity and the Latin script.
During the Dark Ages, Italy suffered sociopolitical collapse amid calamitous barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics rose to great prosperity through shipping, commerce, and banking, and even laid the groundwork for capitalism. These independent city-states and regional republics, acting as Europe's main port of entry for Asian and Near Eastern imported goods, often enjoyed a greater degree of democracy in comparison to the monarchies and feudal states found throughout Europe at the time, though much of central Italy remained under the control of the theocratic Papal States, while Southern Italy remained largely feudal, partially as a result of a succession of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Spanish, and Bourbon conquests of the region.
During the Renaissance, a period of renewed interest in humanism, science, exploration and art, Italy and the rest of Europe entered the modern era. The Italian culture flourished at this time, producing famous scholars, artists, and polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. Italian explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Nevertheless, Italy's importance as a commercial and political power significantly waned with the opening of trade routes from the New World, as New World imports and trade routes became more influential in Europe and bypassed the East Asian and Mediterranean trade routes that the Italian city-states had dominated. Furthermore, the Italian city-states constantly engaged one another in bloody warfare, with this tension and violent rivalry culminating in the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, a series of wars and foreign invasions that left the Italian states vulnerable to annexation by neighboring European powers. Italy would remain politically fragmented and fall prey to occupation, colonization, conquest, and general foreign domination by European powers such as France, Spain, and later Austria, subsequently entering a long period of decline.
Italy has the third largest economy in the Eurozone and the eighth largest economy in the world. It has a very high level of human development and enjoys the highest life expectancy in the EU. Italy plays a prominent role in regional and global military, cultural and diplomatic affairs and is often defined by analysts as an "intermittent great power" or "the least of the great powers". Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and the member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7/G8, G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, and many more. As a reflection of its vast cultural wealth, Italy is home to 51 World Heritage Sites, the most in the world, and is one of the most visited countries.
Italian Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed Italian triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Alessandro Fabian Triathlete
Alessandro Fabian was born on January 7, 1988 in Padova, Italy. He finished in 18th place at the 2006 World Championship, 11th in 2007, and 13th place in 2011. At 2012 Summer Olympics, he finished in 9th place.
View full results history of Alessandro Fabian Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Charlotte Bonin Triathlete
Charlotte Bonin was born on February 10, 1987 in Aosta, Italy. From 2003 to 2010, Bonin took part in 44 ITU competitions and achieved 14 top ten positions. She won a gold medal in 2011 in La Paz Bonin.
View full results history of Charlotte Bonin Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Davide Uccellari Triathlete
Davide Uccellari was born on October 11, 1991 in Modena, Italy. The pinnacle of his career came when, not yet twenty-one, get the pass to participate in the Olympic Games of London 2012 : is the youngest athlete at the start regarding the discipline of triathlon male.
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Annamaria Mazzetti Triathlete
Annamaria Mazzetti was born on August 25, 1998 in Magenta, Italy. Annamaria is bronze medalist at the European Championships in Pontevedra in 2011. Apart from Nadia Cortassa, Mazzetti is the first Italian triathlete to win a medal at European Championships.
View full results history of Annamaria Mazzetti Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Italian Paralympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed Italian paratriathletes to participate at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athlete social media icons to read more about them.
Giovanni Achenza Paratriathlete
Giovanni Achenza was born on July 31, 1971 in Sardinia, Italy. On March 2003 he had a dangerous accident at work and he suffered a serious injury at the spinal cord. He got the first place at the first Italian paratriathlon championship.
View full results history of Giovanni Achenza Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Michele Ferrarin Paratriathlete
Michele Ferrarin was born on August 11, 1971 in Verona, Italy. Paralympic swimmer in the delegation who honored the flag at the 2012 Summer Games in London. Ferrarin, two-time European triathlon champion, two-time undisputed World Champion.
View full results history of Michele Ferrarin Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Giovanni Sasso Paratriathlete
Giovanni Sasso was born on November 8, 1969 in Ischia, Italy. In 1986 when he was sisteen years old, a car accident changed his life, and lost one of his legs. Paratriathlon Italian Champion 2013 and 2014. Bronze Medal European Paratriatlhlon 2013. World record Marathon on crutches Amsterdam 2012: 4h.28'38 " (-9'22" to their records) Chicago 2009 : 4h38'00 " (-27 min. compared to their record) New York 2008: 5h05'44".
View full results history of Giovanni Sasso Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Triathlon in Italy was founded in 1984 with the dispute of the first race, which was held in Ostia (Rome) on the so-called Olympic distance (1.5km - 40km - 10km).
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.